Paderanga: ‘”Give change a chance”

February 1, 2013 10:54 pm 

By Ben Cal

TAGAYTAY CITY, Feb. 1 — “Give change a chance.”

This was the appeal of former director-general of the National Economic Development Authority Cayetano Paderanga Jr., concurrent chairman of the Development Academy of the Philippines, during the graduation of the first batch of 78 top government executives and managers.

The graduates received their diplomas on Public Management Development Program, the newest course offered by the Academy to train government technocrats in good governance aimed at restoring public confidence in government.

The graduation rites were at the DAP building in Tagaytay City Thursday.

Paderanga said the DAP “Steering Committee wants to ensure that the Public Management Development Program will mirror the aspirations of a reform-oriented administration.”

He added the “competent and tested public servants should be in charge of major duties, and they should be backstopped by deputies who can provide reliable and knowledgeable support, who have institutional knowledge and can successfully maneuver bureaucratic mazes and pitfalls, who have a finger on the pulse of the public they serve, and who, when the right time comes, can take over.”

The DAP chair continued: “Good people in government are the bedrock of this administration (of President Benigno S. Aquino III).”

Paderanga stressed the PMDP will ensure a constant flow of good people in government who are top-class and highly-trained leaders and managers.

He said these leaders working in government “are necessary to make the promises of the President a reality for the Filipino people.”

Paderanga cited the Philippine Development Plan of 2011-2016 of President Aquino that envisions “sustainable growth that generates mass employment and would reduce poverty.”

“In the past, inclusive growth was elusive: major gaps and lapses in governance have been seen as a major constraint. To address this, governance has to be transparent and responsive. We need systems that promote objective decision-making, professionalism, transparency, and accountability, to restore public confidence in government institutions and practices,” Paderanga, one of the country’s noted economists, said.

He said for inclusive growth, there are several elements needed.

Paderanga enumerated them as massive investment in physical infrastructure; higher standards of transparent and responsive governance; human development and human capital formation through education and health care, social protection and direct poverty-relief, and employment generation. (PNA)

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